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The British Left is a range of political parties and movements in the United Kingdom. These can take the position of either centre-left, left-wing or far-left. The largest political party associated with the British Left is the Labour Party, which is also the biggest political party in the UK by membership levels, with 430,000 members as of July 2021. Labour has 199 seats in the House of Commons (not including two MPs elected as Labour who as of 2021 have their whip withdrawn), and has been the Official Opposition since May 2010. The current Leader of the Labour Party is Keir Starmer, who was first elected on 4 April 2020.

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  • The British Left is a range of political parties and movements in the United Kingdom. These can take the position of either centre-left, left-wing or far-left. The largest political party associated with the British Left is the Labour Party, which is also the biggest political party in the UK by membership levels, with 430,000 members as of July 2021. Labour has 199 seats in the House of Commons (not including two MPs elected as Labour who as of 2021 have their whip withdrawn), and has been the Official Opposition since May 2010. The current Leader of the Labour Party is Keir Starmer, who was first elected on 4 April 2020. The second largest party on the British Left, by membership, is the centre-left Scottish National Party (SNP), which has over 125,000 members despite only being active in Scotland. The third largest party on the British Left is the Green Party of England and Wales, whose membership reached 50,000 in September 2019. The party has one Member of Parliament, Caroline Lucas, who was first elected as the MP for Brighton Pavilion at the 2010 general election. She was also Leader of the party from 2008–2012 and then co-leader with Jonathan Bartley from 2016–2018. The other three political parties on the left and with representation in parliament are the centre-left Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) of Northern Ireland; the centre-left Plaid Cymru (who are only active in Wales) and Sinn Féin, also from Northern Ireland. The SNP has 45 MPs, Plaid has three MPs, the SDLP have two MPs, and Sinn Féin has seven, but the latter party does not sit in Westminster as it refuses to take the parliamentary Oath of Allegiance. In total the British Left therefore have 252 out of 650 MPs. (en)
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  • The British Left is a range of political parties and movements in the United Kingdom. These can take the position of either centre-left, left-wing or far-left. The largest political party associated with the British Left is the Labour Party, which is also the biggest political party in the UK by membership levels, with 430,000 members as of July 2021. Labour has 199 seats in the House of Commons (not including two MPs elected as Labour who as of 2021 have their whip withdrawn), and has been the Official Opposition since May 2010. The current Leader of the Labour Party is Keir Starmer, who was first elected on 4 April 2020. (en)
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  • British Left (en)
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